Can you pass the U.S. Army’s new fitness test?

Army exercise drills are legendary for their toughness, but it looks like it might not be that hard for seasoned runners to pass the fitness test to get into the U.S. Army.

Army exercise drills are legendary for their toughness, but it looks like it might not be that hard for seasoned runners to pass the fitness test to get into the U.S. Army.

The Army Physical Fitness School gave the Army Times website a look at the average scores for men and women in each of the new Army’s fitness test’s five categories. Those averages are roughly:

Push-ups in one minute: Men, 36; women, 19.

Shuttle run: Men, 16 seconds; women, 18 seconds.

Rower in one minute: Men, 33; women, 31.

Long jump: Men, 79 inches; women, 61 inches.

1.5-mile run: Men, 11:02; women, 13:12.

But even if you can hit these times, don’t pat yourself on the back just yet. As Army Times point out, these scores are not the goal, unless your goal is to be average. In the old test, male trainees averaged 49 push-ups, 62 sit-ups and a 2-mile run time of 15:09, while females averaged 39 push-ups, 61 sit-ups and a run time of 16:37.

Still, the averages are fun to note if you feel like seeing if you would measure up. If you can hit these numbers, you should be able to pass the test. Interestingly enough, age doesn’t seem to be much of a factor. Army Times says there is little difference between the scores of the average 17-year-old and 42-year-old trainee.